Terms and Conditions

Digital Profession Members’ Community etiquette standards and guidelines 

Thank you for joining the Digital Profession Members’ Community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, the Digital Profession have established these standards and guidelines for participation. We based these on the Digital Profession members’ code, which was developed in collaboration with our members. 
 
By joining and using this community you understand and consent to use of your personal information in accordance with the privacy policy and privacy notice as updated from time to time. You also agree that you have read and will follow these standards and guidelines. 

This platform is intended to be a helpful resource for all members to ask questions, learn from one another and engage in a professional community. In the interests of this goal, the Digital Profession reserve the right to remove content, or suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who doenot uphold these standards. This site is unclassified. Do not post sensitive or classified information. 

You must keep your login details confidential and you must not provide your log-in details to any other person for use, or allow any other person to use your Community account. You are solely responsible for all content posted from your account.  

Standards of Behaviour 

Always interact with others in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive and positive community.  

Respect others. Always use respectful and inclusive language. Be respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints and experiences. Remember that this forum includes members at all stages of their career and all levels of experience. Try not to make assumptions about a person or blame them for not knowing or understanding something. 

Respect the purpose of the community. This community is for digital professionals who are commonwealth employees, and content on the site should reflect this. You can best participate in the community by posting content which adds value to members. This includes content users will find helpful, asking relevant questions or providing thoughtful answers, or providing resources related to digital work.  

Examples of topics which are not relevant to the purpose of the site include: 

  • political commentary 
  • advertising or promotion for commercial gain 
  • romantic advances towards other users. 

Post content which is appropriate for the site and the audience. This site includes a wide diversity of users and is a professional workspace. Examples of content which is not appropriate for this site include: 

  • content containing sexual references or which is sexual in nature 
  • trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks 
  • public or private harassment 
  • publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or email addresses, without their explicit permission 
  • content depicting or discussing violence 
  • discussion of participation by users in illegal activities 
  • other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting. 

Privacy 

Respect the privacy of other membersIf you are connected with another members, you may be able to see information not available to other members. Do not assume information about someone is public just because you can see it. Ensure you have explicit consent to share information about other members. Do not ask other members to share their personal information.  

Treat this site, including communities and messages, as if they are public. They are accessible to many people, will be displayed on devices in professional work environments and are retained by the Digital Profession team. Imagine whatever you are posting might appear as a notification on someone’s screen during an all-staff meeting and consider if you would be comfortable with that. 

Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator. 

In addition to the standards above, while on this platform you must act in accordance with the APS Code of Conduct and value, and in compliance with any relevant policies in your workplace). For more guidance see the APS Values and Code of Conduct in practice. 

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Guidelines 

Posting content 

Post your message or documents to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating noise. 

State concisely and clearly the topic of your posts in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject. 

When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. If you want to use an item you find on the site, you should ask the person who uploaded it for permission. 

You must not post any content or documents that would damage or bring into disrepute the reputation of the Australian Government.

You must not post any content or documents that contain harmful material. Harmful material includes any software or code that infiltrates, damages, alters, corrupts, detrimentally interferes with, surreptitiously intercepts or expropriates any computer system, any information, data, software or system.

This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.0, available at https://www.contributor-covenant.org/version/2/0/code_of_conduct/ 

How to report user conduct 

If you believe the conduct of another member on this platform does not adhere to these standards, please ignore the behaviour and report it to the Digital Profession team. Please do not engage with or comment on such behaviour. You can report posts and comments directly through the site using the “mark as inappropriate” action. To report any other content, including private messages, use the contact form. This is the best way to ensure your report is seen and actioned. We will respect the privacy of any member who reports inappropriate behaviour. For privacy and other reasons, you may not hear back from the Digital Profession team, even if we act on your report. 

Legal disclaimer 

This site is provided as a service for the members of the Digital Profession by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC). Information provided on this Digital Profession Members’ Community, including page content, events and interactive tools, is for general information and on the understanding that the APSC or the Digital Profession is not providing professional advice on a particular matter.

The APSC or the Digital Profession reviews the information available on this Digital Profession Members’ Community and updates the information as required. However, the APSC or the Digital Profession does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained on this web site or on any linked site. The Digital Profession nor the APSC is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. These views may not reflect the views of the Digital Profession, APSC or of the Australian Government. This site is moderated, however we rely on members to bring inappropriate postings to our attention, at which time we will take fair and appropriate action. 

This site includes links to external websitesWe do not endorse the information on these external sites. Please make your own decision on how accurate, current and reliable the information is. 

In no event shall the Digital Profession or APSC be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use or data arising, including the downloading of any harmful material, out of or in connection with the use of any information posted on this site. Visitors should ensure they have adequate protection against viruses when accessing the internet.
 
In line with the standards above, do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal materials. Do not post any classified information. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants the Digital Profession, APSCand users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print and use such information or other material. Except as expressly stated in these Terms and Conditions, no part of the Digital Profession Members’ Community may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, publicly displayed, encoded, translated, transmitted or distributed in any way, without APSC or the Digital Profession’s express prior written consent.
 
The APSC or the Digital Profession reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of these Terms and Conditions at any time. In the event that the Terms and Conditions are amended, we will notify you by the email provided on your Digital Profession Members’ Community account. Your continued use of the Digital Profession Members’ Community following the posting of changes will mean that you accept and agree to any changes.

If you have questions about these standards, contact the Digital Profession Member Services Team. For more information about what data the Digital Profession collects, you can review the privacy notice for this platform. Additional information about how the Digital Profession will manage personal information is available in the APSC Privacy Policy.

Digital Profession and APSC reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these standards and guidelines.